Health Initiatives at the Local School
Better health practices are more likely to lead to a longer and productive life. A Health Awareness campaign is run by TEWFI at following schools.
- Panchayat Union Middle School, Alamparai Kuppam
- Adi Dravidar Primary School, Kottaikadu.
- Panchayat Union Primary School, Vembanoor.
- K.P.Krishna Higher Secondary School, Kadapakkam.
- Panchayat Union Middle School, Vilamboor.
- Panchayat Union Middle School, Pannaiyur.
- Government High School, Venangupet.
This campaign extends upon the Tamil Nadu Government syllabus to address the medical issues seen in the community.
Every week, a class is held at the schools mentioned above teaching health and hygiene related topics. This class is conducted by the community nurse and social workers employed by TEWFI.
To coincide with the beginning of these Health Awareness classes, in Panchayat Union Middle School, Alamparai Kuppam the children in the 6th to 8th standards have been removing garbage from the school premises and its surroundings under the direction of the Environment Education teacher.
In addition, a TEWFI community social worker conducts daily physical education classes at Panchayat Union Middle School, Alamparai Kuppam. These highly-popular classes teach children important motor skills. Cricket, ball games, handball, athletics and soccer are just some of the regular activities run. Yoga and relaxation techniques (both practice and theory) are also taught to children, as these skills will undoubtedly prove useful to deal with stress later on in life. During 2007, an intramural sports competition was held in memory of K Kamaraj’s Birthday (former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu; 15 July 1903 – 2 October 1975).
The immediate impact of the programme is that the students have acquired healthy habits such as using toilets, wearing shoes, washing their clothes regularly etc.